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's argument had "injured us more, and has been as great a barrier to our emancipation as any thing that has ever been advanced against us," for it had " sunk deep into the hearts of millions of the whites, and never will be removed this side of eternity." so, the ideal of equality jefferson proclaimed, he also betrayed. he got it right when he wrote about "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." as the core of our human aspirations. but he lived it wrong, denying to others the rights he claimed for himself. and that's how jefferson came to embody the oldest and longest war of all -- the war between the self and the truth, between what we know and how we live. so enjoy the fireworks and flags, the barbecues and bargain sales. but hold this thought as well -- that behind this fourth of july holiday are human beings who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired. if they were to look upon us today they most likely would think as they did then, how much remains to be done. with those contradictions of american history in mind, this seemed a good time to talk with khalil gibran muh
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frustrated easily. i can be volatile. so instead of drawing us closer, which i think it has now, it did create a gap. i was very frustrated. i couldn't really talk to him. as i said, i felt very, very stuck with him. at one point, when he got into high school, i said to his mom, "you have to take him," because a, it is a better situation for him, and frankly, i do not know what to do anymore. i cannot stand it that he's on the couch watching a tv show that he doesn't care about. i feel helpless, i feel frustrated, and i think there are a lot of parents with these kids who do feel -- you feel frustration, pain, rage, and are reluctant to express it because then other parents say, "well, that means you really didn't love your kid and you didn't want your kid." that was never, ever the case, but i am not going to lie -- there was a gap. i remember people would say, well, my kid's going to harvard, my kid's going to penn, my kid's going to yale, and i bought into that. there i am with a son who's going to bag groceries for the rest of his life. tavis: you've said a few times in this convers
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